This sustainable INTEGER (Intelligent and Green) development consists of 27 houses and flats built on a brownfield site, where the demolition of the existing redundant garages provided crushed hardcore for later use.
The timber frame package was delivered to site complete with factory double glazed and fitted window frames, ensuring better workmanship and fixing conditions, and reducing the site programme. Future projects will incorporate fully insulated and closed timber wall panels.
Prefabricated combined bathroom and kitchen pods were used and the flats and houses are designed with a vertical services core which allows all bathroom and kitchen plumbing, electrics, drainage and communications networks to be preinstalled within the prefabricated pods.
Each house has a south-west facing, two storey solar space off the living room, providing a thermal buffer in the winter and assisting thermal air movement of the passive stack ventilation system in the summer.
Exteriors are clad in low maintenance Western red cedar.
The scheme generates up to 20kW of electricity from photovoltaic panels, with surplus electricity sold back to the grid. Hot water is supplied from roof mounted solar panels. Heating is supplied from a central boiler.
Remote monitoring of meters and diagnostic monitoring of plant is available at the client’s offices.
Bree Day Partnership’s INTEGER schemes exceed current Building Regulations and fit comfortably within Energy Efficiency Best Practice in Housing’s (EEBPH) Best Practice Specification (www.architech.co.uk).
Source: Supplied to wood for good by BRE in a pdf of case studies.